Tuesday, January 03, 2012
2:04 PM Jennifer Hudson Taylor 2 comments
"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age." (Titus 2:11-12)
So often we worry that people haven't been taught right from wrong because they had bad parents or no parents. Think of it this way. Does a person know that killing another person is wrong without be told it is wrong? Did Cain know what he was doing when he murdered his brother, Abel, especially since it was the first murder? When mankind ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, mankind was given the knowledge of both right and wrong.
According to these verses, the same grace that brings salvation, also teaches us right from wrong--to deny ungodliness and to live righteously. Salvation is a free gift through God's grace, so it would seem, that knowing right from wrong is also a free gift through grace.
It has appeared to all men. This doesn't exclude women. Men is a general reference to mankind. The fact that it has appeared means that it is already done--past tense. We are born with this knowledge of knowing right from wrong--of good and evil. It has appeared to all men. It isn't only reserved for saved people. I do believe that saved people are more mindful of this knowledge, because we are more mindful of the things of God in our desire to love, serve and please Him.
This is how so many people can live good and decent lives, but still not have a conscious relationship with God. There are good people who deny the existence of Christ. When we try to teach an unsaved soul the truth of Christ, we are being God's resource in His desire that none should perish, but have everlasting life.